CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Twelve colleges in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia are forming an all-sports athletic conference in NCAA Division II.
The presidents of the schools announced the formation of the Mountain East Conference on Monday. Competition will begin in fall 2013.
Nine of the schools are currently members of the West Virginia Conference: Concord, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd, the University of Charleston, West Liberty, West Virginia State, Wheeling Jesuit and West Virginia Wesleyan.
The members from Ohio are Notre Dame College and Urbana. The other member is Virginia-Wise.
UVa-Wise has been accepted into the NCAA membership process and will compete in Division II in 2013 while pursuing full membership.
On Sunday night, Alderson-Broaddus College announced it is leaving the WVIAC to join the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference next year.